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Library of Ashurbanipal

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (series)

    • Library of Ashurbanipal
  • Description

    Fragment of a clay tablet, bilingual creation story, Late Babylonian.

  • Culture/period

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 12.06 centimetres
    • Width: 7.93 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Comment

        Bilingual creation story
  • Curator's comments

    This is a Babylonian account of Creation. It describes a period in which nothing existed except the gods in the great deep. A movement took place in the waters, after which the god Marduk formed the earth. He next created man and beast and the great rivers of Babylonia and founded the cities of Nippur and Uruk together with their temples. It was published as No. 11 in a previously issued series of postcards captioned "Assyrian monuments bearing on Bible history in the British Museum".


  • Bibliography

    • Leichty E 1986a p.154 bibliographic details
    • Lippincott 1999 p.23, cat.008 bibliographic details
    • Lambert 1992a p.76 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    1999 1 Dec-2000 24 Sep, London, The Queen’s House, The Story of Time

    Room of Writing, case 5 (until Mar 1992)

    Babylonian Room, table-case A

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number


  • Registration number


  • Joined objects

Clay tablet, fragment, Bilingual creation story, neo-Babylonian.

Clay tablet, fragment, Bilingual creation story, neo-Babylonian.

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